Mindsets (setting the settings for your mind)

Every state of mind
Isn't beneficial.
Some are detrimental.
It's not judgmental
To know the difference.

To be universally liked
Is an unattainable goal.
It’s better to seek
Peace of soul.

People often frown
When they’re bogged down
By the thoughts and feelings
They carry around.

If we try denial
For a while,
It often becomes
An ongoing lifestyle.

If you feel a need to be unkind, don’t be unkind to people. Be unkind to the thoughts, feelings, and desires that are tormenting you.

No matter how strong they may feel, our thoughts, feelings, and desires aren’t impossible to control. Yesterday’s options may be gone, but if we search for them, today still offers many options for a better life.

What you see in the mirror isn’t as important as what you see in your heart. Wash your face, but also clean out your heart. The thoughts, feelings, and desires that you allow to freely stay within you will eventually assume control of you.

As humans, we discover that much that we desire, much that we’re drawn to, isn’t good for us. When you’re being inwardly assaulted by thoughts, feelings, or desires, resist with the same effort you’d resist physical assault.

Hurt and angry people try to find comfort by blaming others. True freedom comes by taking responsibility for our own feelings.

Unconditional approval destroys discernment and embraces both good and evil equally. When I’m unaware that some of my thoughts, feelings, & desires are unaligned with truth and reality, I’m deceived.

Insecurity causes people to feel a need to verbally attack anyone who disagrees with them. If you can’t disagree with someone without being mean, you have a bigger problem than you think they have.

I find time continually sailing by. I watch the future pass by me, and the present moment move into the past.

It’s time for those who love Jesus to be freed from human religious control and to boldly follow and obey God’s Spirit. Let the elders (older Christians) return to their first love and go all out for Jesus! To “seek first the kingdom of God” is to aggressively pursue and surrender to the presence of King Jesus in your daily life.

Jesus is my inner mentor. The more I focus on, listen to and obey Him, the more love, joy, peace and other fruit of the Spirit I have.

It’s not time
To hide God’s light
When people say
It’s alright
To do whatever you feel.

When the living Jesus
Is at hand
Church won’t go
As we have planned.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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